Rivalry: Tiwa Savage, Seyi Shay clash at popular Lagos salon

In an audio obtained by Pulse Nigeria on June 8, 2021, Seyi Shay narrates her side of the story and made some accusations towards Tiwa Savage.

On June 8, 2021, Nigerian stars, Seyi Shay and Tiwa Savage met each other at Tayo Cuts, Triplet Studio, Lekki Phase One. It is a health and beauty salon that specializes in short hair treatment. Savage was there, already getting her hair done while Shay was there to get her hair done for her Idols appearance on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Around 11 am, Shay could already feel the tension as she walked in and saw Tiwa Savage at the salon.

Their eyes met and Shay deemed it fit to go say hi to ease the tension. Their mutual presence in the same space was uneasy.

Shay recalls that she walked over to say hi to Savage, who greeted her back while they shared fleeting glances at each other. As further told by Seyi Shay and confirmed by an eyewitness, Savage walked over to Shay around 20 minutes later and the now infamous argument began.

A shocked Shay says that Savage’s beef with her was not about the #FvckYouChallenge verse she recorded in April 2019 because they have met each other more than twice since her #FvckYouChallenge and they exchanged pleasantries on all occasions.

We’ve even entered private jet together, we’ve taken pictures together,” Shay recalls.

To her, the beef is way more than that.


After having writing credits for acts like Fantasia Barrino and working with producer Harmony Samuels in Los Angeles, California, Tiwa Savage returned to Nigeria with her manager and ex-husband, Tunji ‘Teebilz’ Balogun with popstar dreams.

Alongside Davido who was co-signed by Tosin Ashafa, Savage was signed by Flytime CEO, Cecil Hammond. It was at this time that Savage and Davido briefly became roommates. While in Nigeria, Hammond pitched Savage to some producers including Don Jazzy, but the arrangement didn’t work out.

But by August 2010, Savage’s National Anthem became the toast of NigeriaA little while later with financial push from Hammond, she went back to Los Angeles to work with Harmony Samuels and came back with ‘Kele Kele Love,’ which became a smash hit. From there, she never looked back and later joined MAVIN Records.

After losing Savage, Hammond once again worked his magic and brought on Seyi Shay to recreate the magic and he

did. Like clockwork, Shay also shares ties with Harmony Samuels, who produced her first single, ‘No Lele.’ Under the

watchful eye of Hammond, Shay rose and became a bonafide star of Nigerian pop music.

In those moments, the seeds of beef were first planted.

Shay was in America when she saw a video of ‘Lova Lova’ featuring Duncan Mighty pop up on her television screen. Surprised alongside members of her team, she placed a call to Tiwa Savage to clarify her stance. She had co-written the song with Nigerian singer-songwriter, Ceeza Milli who passed it to Savage without prior notice.

Shay claims that she only asked for metadata and rights to the song but she was confronted by roadblocks.

In 2014, Shay had butted heads with a pregnant Savage.

In the same audio, Shay says that Savage threatened to sue a brand if she [Shay] wasn’t pulled from an ambassadorial role. A little while later, Savage also allegedly picked a fight with a popular male artist for featuring on a song for the two female artists respectively.

2019-2021: FvckYouChallenge and back to Tayo Cuts
Dirty nyashes and Cat Fights: Tiwa Savage and Seyi Shay almost come to blows over two-year old beef. (TBD)
In April 2019, Seyi Shay took aim at Tiwa Savage with subtle jabs in her version of Kizz Daniel’s viral #FvckYouChallenge.

She said;
You say you be my sister, but you wan collect my love

You be deceiver, olofofo heart robber

Na why I no dey fuck you anymore

I no get time for you anymore

You know I’m not Savage, I dey pay my bills

You no go see my name for the Xscape

But [Prostitute] come be your hobby

Na so you come take first rate their hobby…

Shay also appeared to take shots at Savage for allegedly trying to block other women in the industry.

She ended her verse with;

You see say, fuck you

Teni, fuck you

Simi, not you

[Inaudible], fuck you

Sade, fuck you

Funke, fuck you

Asa, fuck you

Acetune, fuck you

With what happened at Tayo Cuts in June 2021, Seyi Shay feels like she could have said more damaging things in the verse.

To Shay, her #FvckYouChallenge verse was a culmination of all the things she’s experienced with Tiwa Savage.

You can listen to Seyi Shay’s full account below;

By Victoria E.I

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